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Work I Knew I Must


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Jane Cole’s “Reminiscence of Forty-One Years of Factory Life” and selections from A.I. Root’s “An Eyewitness Account of Early American Beekeeping.”

Jane Cole worked for the A. I. Root Company for 41 years, starting when A.I. Root was making jewelry in his factory on the Town Square, in Medina, Ohio. She worked through the construction of the new factory built on the Country Fair Grounds on the edge of town to manufacture beekeeping equipment, and the many, many factory expansions they made after that. During those 41 years she did almost every job that could be done in a factory that sawed wood, made smokers, extractors, bottled honey, printed a magazine and books, and took orders and filled orders and delivered orders to customers, the railroad and the post office.

She wrote about building the new factory, child labor, factory dangers (and there were many), factory politics, noon prayers, the hundreds of people she worked with over the years, the company sponsored picnics, the men, women and children she was in charge of, and the people she worked with, and for.

When A. I. Root retired, he, too, wrote an autobiography, about running the factory that Jane Cole worked in.the Root Factory Original Location

What Tammy has done is take Jane Cole’s work and stand it side by side with A. I. Root’s work to give you a very unique look at factory life, from the perspective of an employee, and her employer. Many of the events Jane found worthy of writing about were also mentioned by Root in his work. Because neither was aware of the other’s work, the telling of these events is about as straight forward from each as you can imagine.

The story Tammy as sewn together tells much about early beekeeping history and equipment, the evolution of factory equipment and science, about working as a single woman in what is mostly a man’s world, and about life in a small town in northeast Ohio at the turn of the century.

Author: Tammy Horn Potter

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The History of Root Candles (09:44)
Amos Ives Root was inspired by a swarm of bees that landed on his window to begin his very first business - beekeeping. For over 150 years, the Root name has been synonymous with beekeeping, honey, pure beeswax, and the highest quality candles. Some refer to Root as "America's First Family of Beekeeping". Amos Ives Root became involved in candle-making through his interest in beekeeping. He was behind many advances in beekeeping, leading the movement to standardizing beekeeping equipment. His Airline Honey was known nationally as the "finest honey on the market". He wrote a popular book on bees -- The ABCs of Bee Culture -- and founded a magazine for beekeepers named Gleanings In Bee Culture. Little wonder A.I. Root was known as "the bee man" in fifteen languages the world over. Today, Root is actively involved in advancing the knowledge and science of beekeeping still publishing A.I.'s monthly magazine Bee Culture, and now in the 42nd edition of A.I.'s The ABCs of Bee Culture, which has become known as "The Beekeeper's Bible". When asked by a local priest to supply beeswax candles, A.I. Root's son, Huber Root, developed a superior beeswax candle using hand-rolled strips of beeswax from Root's own hives wrapped around a wick. These pure beeswax candles burned cleaner and longer, as they delivered the natural aroma of sweet honey. Root Candles has been a leading supplier of liturgical candles ever since. Root Candles, a manufacturer of liturgical candles since 1928, is honored to provide the Church with our beautiful, clean burning candles to enhance the devotional life of parishioners. Since 1869, Root Candles of Medina, Ohio, has been an industry-leading, family-owned company renowned for innovative ideas, aesthetic enhancements and the highest standards of quality. Now in its fifth generation, the Root family continues to extol the virtues of honesty, integrity, and diligent craftsmanship. These qualities were exemplified by Root Candles founding father and American original, Amos Ives Root. His tradition of excellence, along with a genuine commitment to customer satisfaction and service, defines and fuels Root’s strong brand loyalty today. Root Candles devotion to purity, honesty and quality is renowned. Each Root candle is carefully handcrafted using processes mastered through five generations of craftsmanship combined with the latest in manufacturing technologies. The results are pure and simple: Root Candles are highly regarded for complex bouquets of subtle fragrances and sophisticated color palettes, important factors for discerning candle lovers. Today, Root Candles can confidently lay claim to making "The Best Candles in America, Made in America Since 1869." Produced by Commercial Sound + Image
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